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Signs and Symptoms of Dehydration in Your Dog


Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your dog is dehydrated. Dogs always have their tongues hanging out, and panting is a regular occurrence. So how can you determine if your dog is truly dehydrated? Here are a few initial signs and symptoms.

1. Tiredness and overall sluggishness

If your dog seems more tired than usual, this could mean she is dehydrated. Tiredness refers to an overall sluggishness in her movements and reactions. Test for these symptoms with some of your regular playtime activities, like fetch – just don’t overdo it if you have your suspicions already. If your dog doesn’t react how you think she normally would, seek medical attention immediately.

2. Excessive panting

When dogs pant excessively, they’re trying to catch their breath. If you find that your dog is taking short, staccato-like breaths, and can’t seem to slow down their breathing, then your dog may be dehydrated and should see her veterinarian.

3. Dry mouth and nose

Dehydration is, quite simply, a lack of hydration – you lack moisture in your body. It comes as no surprise, then, that one of the main signs of dehydration in your pet is a dry mouth and nose. Normally a dog’s mouth and nose gather moisture, so if your dog’s mouth and nose are dry, it can be a sign of dehydration.

4. Sunken eyes

Take a closer look at her eyes. If you find they look sunken in and/or they’re quite dry, your dog may be dehydrated.

Dehydration in your dog should be taken very seriously. If you see any of these signs and symptoms in your dog, please seek veterinary attention immediately.


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